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Margo & Sherwin’s Granville Island Wedding

Margo & Sherwin had a wedding that was way too much fun. How can you not laugh with these girls? Their photos are a treat to go through because everyone is smiling and laughing throughout, which is contagious, even through the pictures!

Granville Island hotel set the stage for getting ready and Bridges restaurant ended up being both the ceremony and reception location. DIY details rounded out the day and a trash the dress session to end all trash sessions followed in the afternoon. Vendor cred goes to Unique Boutique, Cupcakes, Chocolate Arts, Etsy.com, and Joyas.ca to name a few.

Shout out to Jenn for second shooting. These girls will be back in the blog later this year, but for now, enjoy!

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Cheers!

Philip & Megan’s Destination Wedding

So long for now, Cuba, this one’s a wrap!

Philip and Megan tied the knot at the end of May at the Royal Hideaway Ensenachos near Santa Clara, Cuba. They laughed, they partied, they got hitched. Their family and friends were a blast, and the wedding will be one to remember!

So many photos… it’s always hard to pick just a few to really sum it all up. This will be a little images heavy, but we couldn’t decide which we liked more!

First things first… touring the resort for the engagement session

Destination Wedding Engagement Session Cuba Royal Hideaway

Destination Wedding Engagement Session Cuba Royal Hideaway

Destination Wedding Engagement Session Cuba Royal Hideaway

Destination Wedding Engagement Session Cuba Royal Hideaway

Destination Wedding Engagement Session Cuba Royal Hideaway

The wedding day – the dress. Love this angle!

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The Bride Megan looking serene

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The ceremony on the beach was breathtaking. Simple, yet so gorgeous. I loved all the white cloth as it blew in the wind

Destination Wedding Beach Cuba Royal Hideaway

Destination Wedding Beach Cuba Royal Hideaway

Destination Wedding Beach Cuba Royal Hideaway

Destination Wedding Beach Cuba Royal Hideaway

The Bride and Groom

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Destination Wedding Beach Cuba Royal Hideaway

Two favs from the reception

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Destination Wedding Beach Cuba Royal Hideaway

And, of course, in Blue-Olive-Does-Cuba style, the trash the dress! Done early in the morning before everyone boarded a plane to go home, this will be one send off to remember!

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Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba Royal Hideaway

Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba Royal Hideaway

Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba Royal Hideaway

Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba Royal Hideaway

CONGRATS, CONGRATS! So, next year, same time, same place you two?!  Talk about the perfect anniversary destination. We can’t wait for you to see the rest of the images, and hope life back in Calgary is treating you well. Props as well to Josh for donning the Blue Olive hat and second shooting in the land of sun and surf.

Cheers!

Kat & Mark’s Destination Wedding

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Two down one to go… Kat and Mark’s wedding was our second of three in Cuba!

Also at the Iberostar Varadero, Kat and Mark had the same location as Liz & Brad but that’s where the similarities ended. I love being able to highlight the unique personalities of everyone we photograph. These two and their crew were quite the crowd – so much energy! My favourite shots are definitely the group trashing session in the ocean – HOT!

Kat and Mark’s week started with a group tour to Havana with a few engagement shots captured along the way

Havana Engagement Session

Havana Engagement Session

Havana Engagement Session

Havana Engagement Session

The Wedding Day – The Aisle

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The Newlyweds

Destination Wedding Cuba Varadero

Destination Wedding Cuba Varadero

Destination Wedding Cuba Varadero

The Guys and Gals

Destination Wedding Cuba Varadero

Destination Wedding Cuba Varadero
Shoes!

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Reception

Destination Wedding Cuba Varadero

First Dance

Destination Wedding Cuba Varadero

And my favourite shots of all – the Trash the Dress session featuring the entire bridal party! Just look at those clouds… WOW

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Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba Varadero

Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba Varadero

Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba Varadero

Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba Varadero

I know you guys are missing Cuba now that you’re back in Toronto, but hopefully this sneak peak takes ya back!

CONGRATS again, we’ll be in touch soon!!

Liz & Brad’s Destination Wedding

Liz and Brad got hitched in Cuba!

The Iberostar Veradero was the resort of choice for these two earlier this month. I love destination weddings – whether local destinations or those far away – because there really is something magical about getting away for a vacation to celebrate with your closest family and friends. Everyone is so relaxed and has an amazing time, and it really really shows.

After having talked on the phone and via email with these two many times in the months coming up to the wedding, we were so excited to finally meet them. They are both so sweet and so obviously passionately in love! The photos speak for themselves, and this is only the very tip of so many gorgeous images.

Congrats guys!

Getting Ready

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Destination Wedding Cuba

Destination Wedding Cuba

The Aisle!

Destination Wedding Cuba

Newlyweds

Destination Wedding Cuba

Destination Wedding Cuba

Liz

Destination Wedding Cuba

Into the Evening

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Destination Wedding Cuba

Trashing the Dress

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Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba

Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba

Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba

Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba

Destination Wedding Trash the Dress Cuba

Again… wow. You guys rocked it. Hope all is well now that you’re back in Calgary, and we’ll be in touch soon!!

Shawn & Eri – After Session

Earlier this week we headed onto the beach and into the ocean with Shawn & Eri for their After Session!

As Eri told the reporter who interviewed her for the Province last week, she wanted for her and Shawn to run into the ocean together – and so they did. And, of course, so did we. Who are we to get our clients to do anything that we wouldn’t do?

The pictures are stunning and speak for themselves. Are they typical wedding pictures? Of course not. But they are art, they’ll look fabulous on the wall, and they will have these guys talking for years to come. The dress was sandy and wet but very likely recoverable. And of course, we all had a blast!

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Ode to our friend and fellow photographer out of Las Vegas, John Michael Cooper

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And my fav shot of the set!

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Love you guys! Thanks for playing with us in the ocean:)

Tie the knot and trash the dress

I was interviewed for an article that ran in the Vancouver Province yesterday on trash the dress sessions. Eri, one of our recent brides, was also able to contribute – as we’ll be doing her session tomorrow!

The full text of the article can be viewed on the Province site here.

Here’s an excerpt:

Tie the knot and trash the dress
It’s a new kind of liberating bridal tradition that’s starting to catch on
Cheryl Chan, The Province Published: Sunday, September 09, 2007

When Eri Wagner dons her beautifully beaded, silk-and-satin wedding gown next week and walks barefoot on Jericho Beach, photographer in tow, she won’t care about hiking up her skirt.

It’ll drag on the sand. It’ll catch on logs and tall grass. And when she reaches the edge of the ocean she loves so much, she won’t stop.

“I want me and [husband] Shawn jumping into the ocean together,” said the 27-year old bride-to-be. “It’s OK if my dress is completely ruined.”

This isn’t your ordinary wedding photograph shoot — the gardens, parks and sunsets.

This is a Trash the Dress session, a gleeful romp of post-wedding destruction, where brides climb trees, sprawl atop hay bales, frolic in fountains, crawl on moss, or ride horses and rollercoasters in their pristine white dresses.

Wagner’s photographer, Miranda Lievers, said the Trash the Dress concept has been around for years. Called “day-afters,” dress trashings are common at destination weddings, where brides don’t want the exotic landscape to go to waste.

She credits John Michael Cooper, a Las Vegas photographer, as being “instrumental” in increasing the profile and branding of this new kind of bridal photo. A popular website, Trashthedress.com by Louisiana photographer Mark Eric hosts photos of dress trashings.

The trend is only just catching on in Vancouver. Only eight Canadian photographers are listed on the site, including one in the city. But “it’s definitely picking up momentum,” said Lievers. Her Gastown company, Blue Olive, did five Trash the Dress sessions this year with four more scheduled between now and May.

The brides who do it say it’s liberating, a catharsis, a fun way to combat the prissiness of the regimented wedding day. Photographers say it’s art. Critics say it’s disturbing, a twisted action worthier of bitter divorcees than blushing brides.

But “Trash the Dress,” with its rebellious, anti-wedding undertone, is a bit of a misnomer. “Trashing the dress is never the purpose. It’s about not being inhibited by it,” said Lievers. In most cases, the dress can be salvaged. “Drycleaners do amazing work nowadays.” …

After sessions (trashing optional!) are a fun way to create images that further reflect the personalities of our clients, and that typically just aren’t possible on the day of. Sessions are fun for our current clients, and also a great way for those of you already married to get some Blue Olive art for the wall if you weren’t able to have us for your wedding.

Contact us for details! Sessions are available weekday evenings and select Sundays by appointment.

Stef & Kevin

Of course, more than just the 3D movie, we all want to see how it went, right?

It went off without a hitch! Now let’s get to the pics, shall we -

Stef getting ready

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One of many details – the sandwich board. I LOVE the sandwich board!

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When you get married on Zombiewalk day, you are pretty much obligated to get a photo. Well, you are if you’re into that sort of thing. Having been active Zombiewalk participants in the past, it was only fitting that we plan their session around grabbing a few shots with the zombies.

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Reilly and I have been shooting under bridges for years, and we hit up 2 with these guys. The light is amazing and perfect for portraits, and especially for cars. Having shot our ’69 beetle under this bridge and many others in the past, we knew just where to head with the ’53 Ford that Kevin just finished! Isn’t it gorgeous?

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And one of the bride here too, for good measure

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For bridge #2 we ditched the car and climbed a steep hill – for an amazing image that was totally worth it. HOT!

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And one more from the same location

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And, finally, I’ll finish with my favourite reception detail – the record cupcake towers, handmade by Kevin & Stef.

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I haven’t even touched the surface with these guys, so I’ll be sure to share the finished slideshow in a few weeks when all is said and done. I could probably do an entire post of all the guests who’d dressed up as well, not to mention the dancing, but that will all have to wait until the end!

Congrats again, we had a blast. See you both soon!